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Evilspeak (1982)


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Release Date: Feb 26, 1982 Limited



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Professional weirdo Clint Howard plays one of his more interesting oppressed-geek roles in this occult revenge thriller about a tormented military-school nerd (apparently in his mid-thirties!) whose personal computer provides the only solace from the endless taunts and pranks of his fellow cadets. He also has an intense fascination with the occult, leading him to investigate an arcane tome secreted within an ancient, crumbling chapel. In an attempt to decipher the text, he feeds it into the


Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror

Joseph Garofalo, Eric Weston

Jul 13, 2004

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A fascinatingly deranged horror flick, but also one that's really slow in its first hour.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Clint Howard + satanic pigs = MOVIE GOLD.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

[Co-director] Weston was giving less-discriminating horror audiences in 1981 what he thought they wanted: Carrie with more gore, more beheadings, and all the Satanic pigs they could handle.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Evilspeak may provide a laugh or two, but it's too easily noticeable that there's just not much here, resulting in an empty film that feels stretched beyond its means.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source:

To be fair, the machine we see here looks pretty impressive by 1981 standards and the graphics it produces must have been a lot of trouble to create, but it's hard to imagine what Montague Summers would have made of it.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Eric Weston, a sometime actor directing his first film, is no Brian De Palma. But this is a passable variation on De Palma's 1976 chiller, Carrie.

August 7, 2011 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Future generations will be watching it for years to come, fascinated that something so daft could possibly have caused such outrage, and no doubt thoroughly enjoying its crazy excesses too.

August 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

Remarkably engaging, imaginative, and well crafted.

August 7, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

a satisfying blend of Revenge of the Nerds and satanism

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Recommendable only to the staunchest of horror geeks, like myself, Evilspeak is a fairly noteworthy little horror chestnut for a variety of colorful reasons.

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Monsters At Play
Monsters At Play

So outrageous it's great fun.

November 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Evilspeak

Enjoyable cult film, Evilspeak is one of those forgotten horror gems that is a must watch for genre fans that are looking for a fun, entertaining and ultimately gory ride. The film does have its shortcomings, most notably the fact that it is a film that does show its age. Nonetheless, it's still a worthy film for genre enthusiasts and the final more than makes up for the dated look. Evilspeak is a very good forgotten gem of early 80's horror, and it deserves to be rediscovered by fans of horror. Clint Howard has done better work, but here, he is quite good in his performance and makes the film that much more enjoyable. If you're looking for an entertaining cult horror film, Evilspeak is a terrific gem of horror cinema that deserves to be rediscovered. With the amount of gore presented in the film, it's definitely enough to appeal to gorehounds, and it's one of most exciting finals in a horror film. With that being said, Evilspeak is definitely worth a second look, one that is a surprising treat for viewers that enjoy such films. The film works well because it has good atmosphere that steadily builds up the terror and it succeeds. Sure, it's a bit cheesy, but there is some genuine tension, and it's a very well crafted picture that delivers effective horror throughout in order to make this one of the better obscured horror films. If you come across this film, give it a watch, it's a fun, entertaining and worthwhile film, even if it does show its age.
May 11, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Delivers on the gore but it makes you wait nearly an hour after the opening decapitation scene. Up until then it's pretty much a tale of a young fully-haired Clint Howard fending off the bullies whilst slowly succumbing to the temptations of a demonically possessed computer. It was ok overall, but not my favourite from this era by a long way.
January 9, 2011
Lee ?

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Not the best of the video nasties but it is a great slice of early 80's horror. It's best described as a male version of Carrie, with computers and devil worship, just not as good.
November 25, 2009

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